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Agriculture and rural structural change: An analysis of the experience of past accessions in selected EU15 regions

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Carmen Hubbard, Professor Matthew GortonORCiD


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In the light of four competing models for rural development (agrarian, exogenous, endogenous and neo-endogenous), this paper evaluates the relationships between agriculture, agricultural policy and rural development in five regions in established EU member states: Borders, Midlands and West (Ireland), Navarra (Spain), Tyrol (Austria), Skåne (Sweden) and Altmark (Germany). Regions were selected on their ability to offer ‘successful’ experiences of rural transition following their country’s accession to the EU. Evidence suggests that both the agrarian and exogenous models are anachronistic. However, the CAP remains closest to the agrarian model of rural development. It is currently unsuited to promoting wider rural and territorial development. LEADER, which is often perceived as a viable alternative approach to rural development fits most closely with the neo-endogenous rather than endogenous model. However for European policy to fully embody the neo-endogenous approach a far more fundamental reform of the CAP would be required than that agreed in the wake of the recent Health Check.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hubbard MC, Gorton M

Editor(s): Bruchenrieder, G., Mollers, J.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 27th International Conference of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) "The New Landscape of Global Agriculture"

Year of Conference: 2009

Publisher: Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe, IAMO

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

Series Title: IAMO Studies Series

ISBN: 9783938584392